New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been criticized for her & # 39; wellness budget & # 39; and & # 39; unrealistic & # 39; goals for climate change.
The new budget will see its abundant $ 26.5 billion over the next four years on tackling suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence – a plan that Ardern said focused on & # 39; welfare & # 39 ;.
Radio host Steve Price discussed the budget with conservative commentator Rita Panahi on his 2GB show on Tuesday evening.
& # 39; She said it's about embedding kindness and empathy, regulating those things, & # 39; said Price.
Panahi replied: & # 39; This kind of foolishness sometimes impresses some people for a while, but eventually you find out and I think they will find out. & # 39;
& # 39; It's just getting very ugly in the next election. & # 39;
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been criticized for her & # 39; wellness budget & # 39; and & # 39; unrealistic & # 39; goals for climate change
The radio presenter Steve Price spoke to his conservative commentator Rita Panahi on his 2GB show on Tuesday evening when he said he lived in New Zealand under the direction of Ardern.
Price said that Ardern had reversed a policy whereby people had to leave in social housing when they improved their personal circumstances, a direction that Panahi disagreed with.
& # 39; If you earn a decent salary, you have other options that should be government-subsidized housing for people who cannot take care of themselves & # 39 ;, Panahi said.
& # 39; Some of the things they talk about are just weird … when you look at the material, there is often not much. & # 39;
Caller Glen said he was in New Zealand during the Australia elections, and was sitting at a Parliament meeting for a reading of the Climate Responding (zero-carbon) bill – an ambitious plan to eliminate carbon by 2050.
& # 39; How are they going to do that? & # 39; Price asked.
& # 39; One of the most bizarre things about this zero carbon is that they are going to cut methane … & # 39; said Glen.
New Zealand conservative commentator Mike Hosking said the Labor government budget was a & # 39; marketing exercise that nobody fell for & # 39 ;. Pictured: New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson
& # 39; The opposition pointed out that in 2050 they must complete half of their (cow) herds to make this.
& # 39; Half of the money that New Zealand makes comes from exported food … you cut half of your herds, New Zealand imports food by that time.
& # 39; When people flee, New Zealand will end up like Venezuela. & # 39;
Price said New Zealanders would end up in Australia, while Panahi said there was a & # 39; influx & # 39; van Kiwis would be over the Tasman Sea.
& # 39; Build a wall, & # 39; said Panahi.
New Zealand conservative commentator Mike Hosking said the Labor government budget was a & # 39; marketing exercise that nobody fell for & # 39 ;.
& # 39; One thing I am always looking for is how much other people's money is used to support the fate of others. In other words, how many New Zealanders are tied to the state, & he wrote in the New Zealand Herald.
The new budget will provide her with over $ 26.5 billion in the next four years to tackle suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
& # 39; Here is your truth: it is a growing and shockingly large number.
& # 39; Put as many kumbaya, flowery BS around it as you want, but the growth targets, the debt targets, the surplus numbers, the income and the income are all that counts. & # 39;
The so-called & # 39; Welfare budget & # 39; has attracted the attention of global institutions, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
& # 39; We measure our country's success in a different way & # 39 ;, said Finance Minister Grant Robertson.
& # 39; We rely not only on gross domestic product, but also on how we improve the well-being of our people, protect the environment and strengthen our communities. & # 39;
Although the usual financial measures were still in place, the plan was set out on key social welfare areas that the government says should be improved on the basis of international standards and that it is expected to monitor regularly in the future, such as child poverty.
In practical terms, a record amount of $ NZ1.9 billion ($ A1.79 billion) of new spending over four years has been spent on mental health programs and suicide reduction and $ NZ1.1 billion on child welfare initiatives.
About $ NZ5.5 million has also been earmarked for Christchurch mental health services after the mosque withdrawals in the city on March 15.
Another $ NZ50 million goes to stimulating intelligence services, which have been under fire since the attack, while $ NZ150 million has been provisionally allocated for the buy-back of weapons announced after the shootings.
But the opposition calls the budget a branding exercise with little change.
Despite the focus on well-being, ministers have still found $ NZ1 billion for investing in railways in a surprise announcement, under the banner of transforming the economy.
The defense has promised nearly $ NZ470 million in new operating expenses over four years, in addition to $ NZ1.7 billion previously announced for new aircraft.
Jacinda Ardern & # 39; s & # 39; Welfare Budget & # 39;
Total spending of $ 25.6 billion over four years.
Spend $ 1.9 billion over five years on mental health, including $ 455 million for psychiatric caregivers at doctor's practices.
Schools receive a payment of $ 150 per student if they get rid of voluntary donations, for an amount of $ 265.6 million in four years.
Beneficiaries receive $ 47 more per week by 2023, costing $ 320.2million over four years.
Spend nearly $ 1 billion on child welfare.
Although expectations for New Zealand's economy have declined over the past year, it is predicted that national books will remain in black until the end of the forecast period, with a four-year expense allowance rising from NZ $ 2.4 billion in the previous budget to NZ $ 3.8 billion on Thursday.
The government had an operating surplus of $ NZ3.5 billion last year and expects it to rise to $ NZ6.1 billion by 2022/23.
But the government has warned of headwinds and GDP growth for the year to June should be 2.4 percent. It is expected to return to 3 percent in 2019/20 based on higher government spending.
While the budget was immediately praised by social agencies, economists this week told the AAP that the approach was less strict than the welfare rules that are already being applied in some European countries.
"Every government has done work in the areas of health, education and police … I think it is more focused and rhetoric is smarter," said the welfare of Victoria University and professor of public policy Arthur Grimes.
However, a few hours before Thursday's launch, the New Zealand Treasury admitted that an error on its website allowed very sensitive budget information to be accessed by the public sooner after it was suggested that one was stolen.
The department said this week that it was "intentionally and systematically hacked" after the center-right National Party of the country announced details of the upcoming national accounts of the Labor-led administration.
But on Thursday, officials revealed that a problem with a test website meant that some details from the budget could be found using a search on the Treasury website.
Hours before the budget launch, opposition leader Simon Bridges held a press conference calling for the resignation of finance minister Grant Robertson and head of treasury Gabriel Makhlouf for what he said had been cheating and smears.
Robertson and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern both refused to discuss the saga on Thursday.
Radio host Tom Elliott said Australians who said they would move to New Zealand after the coalition shock would stop the election victory stumbling over Mrs. Ardern.
& # 39; I just want to set a few facts for anyone who thinks Jacinda Ardern is God's gift to the government & # 39 ;, he said during his 3AW show.
& # 39; New Zealand takes much fewer refugees per capita than Australia. We are the nice country for refugees, not New Zealand.
& # 39; They don't want immigration, or certainly not as much as before. New Zealand is not the open and welcoming country it once was.
& # 39; Teachers in New Zealand complain that the government is not paying them enough and they have stopped massively. So while we praise Jacinda Ardern up there, New Zealanders see things differently. Just think about that. & # 39;
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